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Sylvia's Cafe

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248 State St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1850
(207) 667-7014
4:30 am - 3:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon 4:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 4:30 am - 3:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun local cafe with good food, service and owners! Best fresh haddock sandwich!!! Wish they were open for dinner too but they already work so hard!

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Waverly fl
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87 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Breakfast was very good. Sylvia ' s makes their own hash. None of the canned stuff. It is nice and crispy. Everyone enjoyed their breakfast. Pancakes were good too. They have an all you can eat challenge. It looks doable, just not sure about that biscuit. It was huge.

Thank cheapfisherman
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you didn't know where this place was, you'd drive by it. The crowd is 90% locals, and the food is very good and prices are reasonable. I had the 2 pancakes, sausage and home fries special and added blueberries to the pancakes and got a bowl of baked beans. The baked beans were home made and excellent. I highly... More 

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Sugar Land, Texas
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163 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Based on TA ratings, we found this strip mall location. Small facility with wall murals depicting local outdoor activities. Wait time since the cafe was very busy. Friendly, prompt service. Usual Maine breakfast options, which includes the Hibernator-a really, really big breakfast. Coffee is included with breakfast options. Breakfast is served all day. Recommend you find this cafe and enjoy.

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Palatka, FL
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214 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Great stop for breakfast! Everything was fresh, fresh, fresh! Prices were reasonable and our service was good. Bathrooms are out the door and down the hall, but easy to find before getting back on the road. Even though the place was BUSY, waitress took time to go get a coffee cup for me to buy as a girt for my... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Stopped on our way home from Acadia for breakfast. Place was busy but we were able to be seated right away. Nothing fancy, just good breakfasts (blueberry pancakes) and friendly service.

Thank Momof2NewJersey
Warwick, Rhode Island
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48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

Breakfast places in the Gouldsboro, Hancock, Ellsworth are far and few between. Tried this place because we didn't want to drive to Bar Harbor that morning. There was a server who had dak hair in a pony tail and tattoos. She was very rude and unhelpful. Luckily she didn't end up being our server. We had Pat who was nicer.... More 

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codiem, Owner at Sylvia's Cafe, responded to this review

Sorry you had a bad experience with the service. I know who the server is you are speaking of and will for sure bring this review to her attention. It will be addressed. The fact that our open kitchen is a "turn off" for you is not something I understand. We have been a "diner" style eatery for thirty tears... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

I am a breakfast girl..it is my favorite meal, so I love to find a place that I can add to my "go to" list! Very clean, nothing fancy and located in a low key row of stores, but don't let that deter you. The menu had plenty of choices, some pretty unusual. The place was packed with locals, many... More 

Thank LTT63
Plymouth, Minnesota
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

As I said in the title the wait staff was incredibly friendly and welcoming but the breakfast food we had (pancakes) were very disappointing. I guess they used some sort of boxed mix. The taste of baking soda or baking powder would linger for a few hours after. Ugh.

Thank Aeneken
codiem, Owner at Sylvia's Cafe, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed the service. Sorry the pancakes were not right. I can,t explain why they would be offering a lingering taste of baking powder or soda. I am not saying they did not. I just don't know why they would. Its not a response I have received EVER in criticism of our pancakes. People love them. Tons. My prep... More 

Muenster, Germany
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

We came here on the recommndation of our cabin's owner. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive and quite quick given how busy it was when we were there. All five of our meals were tasty, only our children couldn't finish their portions.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 am - 2:00 pm
4:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 am - 3:00 pm
4:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 248 State St, Ellsworth, ME 04605-1850
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Ellsworth
  • Phone Number: (207) 667-7014

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?